Anyone who knows me well is aware that going with the flow is a huge challenge for me. I plan everything out to the smallest detail. I keep running to do lists that I constantly update, adding new tasks as they come up and removing tasks that have been accomplished. When something does not go according to plan, I take a step back, evaluate, and readjust my plans.
Since the Mindfulness retreat last fall, and the Prayer and Reflection retreat in March, I have been exploring a new way of being that involves going with the flow. Because of this, new opportunities have appeared on the horizon that were not part of my plans or even on my radar screen. When you are busy working on preconceived notions of how your life should be, you don’t notice the small whispers or the winds of change blowing your way. You look, but you don’t see. You go through the motions, but you don’t experience life to its fullest.
Things are happening in my life that I could not have envisioned 6 months ago. I was complacent. I was asleep. I was focusing on a small part of my world and unaware of all that life holds.
Today is Easter Sunday in the Christian tradition, celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Usually I just go to Easter mass but this year I participated in Holy Week. I went on an ecumenical Cross walk on Good Friday and we visited 5 churches around town. Different priests and ministers took turns telling a real world story and then we read a prayer from the handout to cover each of the 14 stations of the cross. Story topics included immigrants/ refugees, human trafficking, environment/ climate change, mass incarceration in the U.S., abuse, social justice, racial inequality, etc. It was very moving. The underlying message was that churches need to take action on these issues.
I attended the Easter Vigil mass last night, something I discovered a few years ago. It starts with a sacred fire outside of the church and passing the light from candle to candle throughout the gathering of people. Then there is a procession into the dark church. I remember the first time I attended and it was quite moving. It is a long mass with a lot of readings and there is a lot of singing. One year I sang in the church choir at Easter and that was really special. Everything looks different when you are sitting up front in the choir.
I look forward to sharing more news with you as changes unfold. I have small plans and big plans, and they are rooted in going with the flow and based upon a new way of looking at life.